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Axles and Suspension

For more then 40 years, Columbia has been designing and building axles and suspensions for customers working in a number of industries. Our designs range from smaller, off-highway systems to complex, high capacity systems designed to move very heavy loads with safety and precision. Every axle and suspension is custom designed and fabricated to the customer's specifications.

Our systems are designed for heavy use and long service life, even in the world's harshest conditions. Columbia produces many types of suspension systems with a full range of load capacities. Current axle capacities range from 40,000 to 775,000 pounds and each is designed and built to meet our customer's specific needs.

We offer custom mechanical suspension systems, starting at 40 tons. Mechanical suspensions include trunnion axle beams and walking beam suspension systems. We also offer hydraulic suspension systems from 80,000 to 300,000 pounds.

40,000-100,000 POUND DEAD AXLES

Our KB Axles are a comprehensive line of off-road axles and parts.

150,000-870,000 POUND DRIVE/DEAD AXLES

In this range, the suspensions typically consist of a custom designed axle and hub assembly that can include a hydraulic lift cylinder type suspension.

LIFT CYLINDER SUSPENSIONS

Columbia's wheel systems incorporate hydraulic cylinders to lift the module. Once the rig is moved into position, it is lowered onto its base. Our lift cylinder designs have been constantly improved and updated throughout our decades in the industry.

STEERING SYSTEMS

Moving a multi-million pound drilling module during the arctic winter requires a lot of experience and know-how. Whether the rig is moving from well head to well head or pad-to-pad, steering is a critical consideration of design. Columbia offers several steering options, from simple, manually-controlled systems to computer-controlled Temposonic steering, which is employed to coordinate the movement of multiple axles. Columbia also engineers systems with the ability to turn wheel systems 90 degrees so that a rig can be moved into position along a row of wells.

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